Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Naturals In Business - Mochas & Miracles

natural hair journey

This week's natural in business owner is Mylah Stanton whom I met through a local networking group we were both apart of and thanks to Facebook we've been able to stay in touch. She's a sweetheart and you'll enjoy the story of her natural hair journey. 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural about six years.

What made you decide to go natural?

children's natural hair

It's actually an interesting story. I've had long curly hair all my life. I didn't know anything about healthy, natural hair. But I did know that I was tired of people defining me by my waist length hair as if it was what made me beautiful. I was tired of the stereotypical, "you got that good hair" comment. I wanted to be known as someone other than "Mylah with the long hair." So, I cut it all off! It was so freeing. From there, I also had a blank slate with which to nurse my hair back to health from years of flat ironing.

Did you big chop or transition?

I big chopped. 

big chop beauty

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

The reactions were mixed. My husband actually loved it. He was very supportive. My mom and sister liked it too. My brother gave me the blues over it because he loved my long hair. For the most part, I got mixed reviews. Some loved it, and others asked me the infamous, "Why in the world would you cut all that hair off?" 

What have you discovered about yourself or your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

It's interesting because I had my first baby shortly after going natural. My hormones have thinned my hair out a lot. But I've noticed that understanding my hair's needs, putting good food in my body, and putting good products on my hair has done my hair a world of good. I've noticed that I have placed less emphasis on my hair as it ties into my identity. For years, while suffering with severe cystic acne, I would rely on my long hair to define me as "beautiful" because I couldn't stand my face. Going natural has helped me redefine who I am based on what's on the inside instead of the outside.

curled bob

Please tell us about your business.

I am a freelance editor, blogger, and a Juice Plus boss babe! I have an affinity for words, a great story, and more importantly, getting 26 fruits and veggies into people each day. Great nutrition is excellent for our hair and skin.    

Who is your ideal client?

My ideal editing client is anyone who has put words on paper or the Internet for others to read and wants their work to be presented well. My ideal Juice Plus client is any individual or family who recognizes that they simply do not get the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables they need on a daily basis. I strive to make healthy living easier for as many as I can. I live by the saying, "Mankind is my business, the world is my office, and Jesus is my boss."

medium length bob


There is an incorrect theory that natural hair is unprofessional. How do you find people in business react to your natural hair?

I've gotten a few "looks" as well as a lot of compliments. Most people in my workplace ask the typical questions:

1. Are those your natural curls?
2. Can I touch it? It's so soft!
3. What are you mixed with?

All of these questions drive me insane! I can't lie.

Where can we connect with you online?


I look forward to connecting with you! You can get your health on track at www.mylah.juiceplus.com. Let's do this! Need editing help? Connect with me here - http://bit.ly/1Sjq3ic

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My One Word 2016

determination is my word of the year

If I had to describe 2015 in one word I would choose roller coaster because it was definitely one up and down after another. Then if I had to think about it that's really how the last five years have been, some years bumpier than others. Much of 2015 was spent attempting to get my life in business, blogging, and finances. I did not accomplish as much as I would have liked so this year, 2016, I am determined to make significant changes. Because I am focused on having a successful 2016, my personal word for the year is "determination."

When I think of someone that is determined they are focused on accomplishing their goal, they allow little to get in their way. A few inspirational synonyms are conviction, drive, fortitude, grit, persistence, purpose, steadfastness, and tenacity. 
personal word of the year

Along with my personal word my motto for the year is, "focus on the results, not the struggle to get there." On any road to greatness there are many challenges but if you focus on the results instead of the struggles the journey is much easier.

I'm inspired by the many powerful women bloggers in Bloggers Like Me whom I have witnessed take their dream and make it a reality, such as beauty and fashion blogger, Lisa of Lisa a la Mode whose drive allowed her to transition from employed to self-employed without skipping a beat.

One of my goals with this blog is to remain on track by sticking to a regular posting schedule therefore, be ready to see more of me in 2016. If you have not done so already subscribe to receive regular updates and exclusive content.


Are you ready for 2016? What's your one word?


are you ready for 2016




Friday, December 18, 2015

Naturals in Business - Alaia Williams


The more I do these interviews the more I realize how many curly friends I have! Alaia and I network in the same Facebook groups and then I joined her At the Helm Facebook group. Come to find out we have over 40 FB friends in common!

How long have you been natural? 

It's probably been about 10 years since I had a relaxer, but the way I look at it, I went natural in 2011, when I stopped getting my hair pressed and flat ironed. For me, that was when I consciously went natural.



What made you decide to go natural? 



I've always felt like a bit of a failure when it came to my hair - like I never really knew what to do with it. When it wasn't in braids or done by someone at a salon, I'd throw it back in a ponytail and call it a day. And there were even days where I felt like I couldn't get a ponytail right! I'd seen friends of mine talking about natural hair workshops on Facebook. I saw that Felicia Leatherwood had one coming up. I signed up and learned a TON of stuff I just had NO CLUE about. That was the night I decided to go natural.

Did you big chop or transition? 

I guess you could call it transition. I hadn't been to a salon in ages because it was costing me a small fortune. The day after the workshop, I tried out some products Felicia mentioned and hopped on YouTube to learn how to do Bantu knots.

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural? 

Most people thought it was pretty cool. Several of my black friends were already natural. And I'd already spent most of my life with my hair as a topic of discussion among non-black friends, so this didn't feel different. I did have a few non-black friends directly say that they thought it was really cool that I was embracing my natural hair.



What have you discovered about yourself or your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you? 

Being natural is actually MORE work. I spend more time on my hair now than I ever did before. Braids are obviously low maintenance. When my hair was relaxed or pressed (always by others), I'd just wake up in the morning, run a brush through it and go. In the last four years, the washing, twisting, knotting, and fluffing...it all takes more time and care. I'm also a little more paranoid. I wear a fro now, so I'm always checking to make sure I haven't flattened it on one side or that its fluffed as much as it can be. 



But it hasn't been all bad. I've also learned a lot more about my hair because of this process. I'm still learning and my twisting skills could *definitely* improve, but I have no regrets about the change.

Please tell us about your business. 




I do a couple of things. In my primary business, I help business owners get organized and get the right systems and processes in place. I am a systems geek and love to help people connect the dots in their businesses. I'm also a community builder. I've run a networking group for almost nine years and I also launched a women's business conference and community called At the Helm in 2011.

There is an incorrect theory that natural hair is unprofessional. How do you find people in business react to your natural hair? 

I guess I mostly deal with awesome people because, as far as I know, it hasn't caused any problems. I had a job when I went natural and though you can see on people's faces the initial shock (which happens when anyone changes a look), everyone seemed fine and most people at the small company actually made a comment - and every comment was positive. As for my business, I work with clients one-on-one for the most part. If they haven't met me in person, most have seen me on my website or online, so its not a surprise what I look like. So, I figure anyone that's bothered by it just won't bother reaching out to me - and that's perfectly fine. A client that's bothered by my natural hair is probably not a client I should be working with.

I do live in a large, progressive and liberal city (at least compared to others). We've got every kind of person looking every kind of way here in Los Angeles. I think that helps.

Where can we connect with you online? 



The best place to go is www.alaiawilliams.com - it will link you to all my work, podcasts and social media accounts. My favorite platforms are Twitter - http://twitter.com/alaiawilliams and Periscope - http://periscope.tv/alaiawilliams

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Naturals in Business - Inspired Beauty


This week's curlfriend is Kamika King of Inspired Beauty, a tea based natural hair care line that was developed after her own experience with hair loss. The last time I saw Kamika at an event everyone was raving about her Babassu Bliss Daily Moisture Cream so I definitely have to add that to my must try list!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth



Let me start off by saying there have not been many desserts that I did not like. From French macarons to creme brûlée to chocolate mousse I have on many of occasions satisfied my sweet tooth. When it comes to desserts I've developed a taste for quality well-made sweets over store bought, processed junk food so when I heard about the Indulge Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show I knew I had to be there!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Naturals in Business - Parlez Vous Crochet



Today's interview is with Jaime who is a long time naturalista and the maker of beautiful crochet clothing and accessories. Jaime and I have several friends in common and I love her crochet earrings so I thought she would be a great person to share her natural hair journey.